Ealing Expendables (Eng)




Shahs of Sunset (Eng)

Spider Mans & Great Hawk (Eng)




Frank Hirth B (Eng)

* Frank Hirth B (Eng) won 3-1 on penalties.

We were down to our final 4 teams in the Plate competition. The first Semi-Final would see Spider Mans & Great Hawk versus Frank Hirth B. This promised to be a high quality encounter - Spider Mans & Great Hawk had so far won 4, drawn 1 and lost 1 today with 8 goals for and 4 against. Frank Hirth B had won 3, drawn 2, lost 1 with 11 goals for and 4 against.

This match would not have looked out of place in the Cup competition and we clearly had two well-matched teams. This was evidenced on the field of play as the two teams went into the half time level at 1-1. Richard Eggleston scored his third of the day for Great Hawk whilst Steven Cameron also bagged his third of the day for Frank Hirth B.

There was to be no further addition to the score in the second period and so a penalty shoot-out would ensue to decide our first Plate Finalist. The Spider Mans touring party had already seen their “Eagle” squad go out on penalties and would hope to avoid the fate of their compatriots.

Frank Hirth B would shoot first and they duly went 1-0 up. Their position strengthened when Spider Mans & Great Hawk were unable to follow suit. Frank Hirth B were then 2-0 up and heavy favourites before Great Hawk reduced the deficit to 2-1 to keep their hopes alive. Steven Cameron then booked his side's place in the Plate Final by sending the ‘keeper the wrong way and the shoot-out was won 3-1.


The second Semi-Final was Ealing Expendables versus Shahs of Sunset. Who could join Frank Hirth B in the Plate Final?

Ealing Expendables had a bye in the Quarter-Finals which meant they had a lengthened lunch break – would this have given them time for their lungs to recover from their morning's exertion or would it mean their muscles and joints had seized up?

The Shahs of Sunset had kept their motors running with a fine 3-1 win over €agles 3:36 and were bidding to reach their first final. They came close last year with only penalties preventing them from reaching the Bratislava Fives Cup Final.

It was the Shahs of Sunset who hit the front for the fifth game in a row with Martin Weltman finding the back of the net. Paolo Ferrari made it 2-0 before the break and they were in full control of this tie. It would be extremely difficult now for Ealing Expendables to recover as Shahs of Sunset were still unbeaten today.

Ealing Expendables scored in the second half through Ben Esprit's third strike of the day but it was ultimately to be a consolation as Martin Weltman went on to complete a fine hat-trick and seal a 4-1 win for Shahs of Sunset. It took Weltman's tally to the day for 6 and a contender for the top goalscorer prize.

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